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Address: 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203 (Formerly Cumberland Science Museum)
Phone Number: +1 615-862-5160
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Adventure Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit educational...

Adventure Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to igniting curiosity and inspiring the lifelong discovery of science since 1945. With 44,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Center features nearly 200 hands-on exhibits focused on biology, physics, visual perception, listening, mind, air and space, energy and earth science.

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Great place to take kids in Nashville

While visiting relatives recently, we took our 3 1/2-year-old to the Adventure Science Center and she LOVED IT. She was mesmerized by the trains exhibit and the dinosaurs, as... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
San Francisco, California
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Cleveland, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited here in October. Spent an entire day here. There isn't much science themed exhibits and the ones they do have are out dated. However, there is a ton of stuff for kids to do. There's a jungle gym that goes up 3 levels. The kids loved that. There is a bee exhibit on the top floor (very hard... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

While visiting relatives recently, we took our 3 1/2-year-old to the Adventure Science Center and she LOVED IT. She was mesmerized by the trains exhibit and the dinosaurs, as well as the play tower in the middle of the museum. There are tons of interactive exhibits and interesting things to see and do. The only downside was kind of a... More 

Thank chienandalusian
Waconia, Minnesota
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't have much time and just wanted to go to one of the shows. According to the website you need to buy both admission to the museum & show tickets if going before 3pm. Unfortunately we weren't going to pay that much for a show under 1 hour. Too bad, we heard really good things about the show.

Thank Baseballfanatics4
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a fun day at the Adventure Science Center! They have a reciprocal membership with many different museums, including Houston's Children's Museum, so we were able to use our membership for entry. There are so many educational & fun exhibits. The kids had a blast. Great photo opportunities!

Thank smlkennedy
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So after the CMA Awards, the next morning we went to the Adventure Science Center and used our ASTC Passport membership to get in free. This Adventure Science Center was great as it has tons of different exhibits that are great from young to old, our youngest is 2.5 and loved the dinosaurs and interactive exhibits and I'm 45 and... More 

Thank MarshallTFoster
Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family was in town for a wedding and my youngest daughter (now over 21 and had grown up in Nashville) had a list of places she wanted to take her New York Yankee boyfriend to while he was here in her hometown-and yes, this museum was at the TOP of her list-she obviously has fond memories of it as... More 

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Frankfort, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kids will love the interactive science exhibits. The ocean exhibit with the submarine things are very cool. Bodyquest is a neat experience as well as the space sections. Probably best geared for kids 4-10. It's a great rainy day activity when visiting the Nashville area. The price is affordable for families and there is a Subway located inside for lunch... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A little bit of everything. The interactive activities are great. My 9 year old thinks it's pretty cool he can life a car.

Thank Chastity D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

We took my 14 month old son to the Adventure Science Center for a day trip to Nashville from Memphis. Took us about 3 hours to get there and we spent about 3 hours in the museum itself. First let me say, its impossible to miss from the highway due to the unusual shape of the building. The museum is... More 

Thank Cassandra D
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Fun times for families with elementary aged children. There are a lot of different exhibits on thee floors. Not the best or biggest museum, but still a fun day to be had. Can do the museum in a couple of hours.

Thank Jacquie-David

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Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee

I have a couple of questions about the blue max simulator. Is it just a flight simulator or can it be a roller coaster simulator? If it can be a roller coaster simulator, can the passengers program the roller coaster? When it is a flight simulator, what activities can people do on it? Is the flight simulator just a combat simulator or is it a simulator where you just get to fly a plane? How much does it cost for two people? How much does it cost for one person? How long does the simulator last for? Are the joysticks on both sides of the seats, or are they on one side? How comfortable is the seat that the passengers sit in? How comfortable is the over the shoulder harness that is used to secure the passengers? How tight can the over the shoulder harness be? Can the restraints be as tight as the passengers want it? When do you choose what mode you want the simulator to be in? How much will my body move while the simulator is in motion? Where should my arms and legs be while the staff is strapping the passengers in? How popular is the simulator? Can the passengers hold on to the over the should harness? Can the passengers hold hands while the simulator is in motion? On the roller coaster setting of the simulator, can the passengers set the intensity, or is it set at a certain intensity? Is the flight simulator or roller coaster mode more popular? How much of my body will move that is inside the restraints? Do you enjoy the flight simulator or roller coaster more? How do you operate the joysticks? Should my head be against the seat or is it free to move? Should I try to keep my legs on the ground or are they free to move? How many forces are on my body during the ride? How intense are the forces on the body? If you could answer my questions I would be very happy. Thanks, Blackhole6670.

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